TUMULT-Class Destroyer ordered with the 6th
Emergency Flotilla in March 1941
from Cammell Laird, Birkenhead and to be
named HMS TEMPEST. The ship was laid
down on 3rd December 1941 (Build Number
1100) and launched on 24th March 1943 as
HMS TENACIOUS since a submarine had already
been given the name selected. She
was the second RN ship to bear the name
TENACIOUS last used by a WW1 destroyer
sold in 1928. The ship had been adopted by
the civil community of Malvern,
Worcestershire after a successful WARSHIP
WEEK National Savings
campaign in March 1942. Build was completed
on 30th October 1943.
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commissioned for service in 24th Destroyer
Flotilla comprised HM Destroyers TROUBRIDGE,
TERPSICHORE, TUMULT and TYRIAN).
Build completion and acceptance
of trials took passage to Scapa Flow for
up with Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.
for foreign service and
took passage for
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with Flotilla in Western
Northern Attack Force for support of allied
landings at Anzio.
HM Cruisers ORION and SPARTAN, HM Destroyers
LOYAL, INGLEFIELD, URCHIN and KEMPENFELT, HM
BEAUFORT, BRECON, WILTON and TETCOTT.
SHINGLE. See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
by C Barnett)
Provided naval gunfire
support off PETER Beach.
Under heavy air
attacks including use of Glider Bombs
released from SHINGLE transferred with
Flotilla to Adriatic for
patrol and convoy defence.
details of Anzio operation see ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
Bombarded Recanti and Pedaso, south
of Ancona with HMS TUMULT
Adriatic deployment in
(For details of naval
activities in Adriatic see THE LAST
DESTROYER by F Mason.)
Mediterranean for convoy defence and patrol.
Deployed with HM Destroyers
TERMAGANT and LIDDESDALE to reinforce the
Convoy HA43 in central Mediterranean which
had been under U-Boat
(Note: This convoy was escorted by
co-belligerent Italian warships.)
Joined escort for HA43 and
commenced search operation.
contact with a submarine carried out depth
Remained in area to
await inevitable surfacing of submarine.
Engaged U453 with surface gunfire
when submarine surfaced.
credit for sinking of
U453 with HM Destroyers TERMAGANT and
in position 38.13N 16.36E, NW Cape
50 survivors from U4563 were rescued. See
U-Boats DESTROYED by P
deployment with Flotilla in continuation
Nominated for duty in
support of allied landings in South of
France under overall
(Operation DRAGOON -
Carrier Task Force 88.
Deployed with HM Cruisers ROYALIST
& DELHI, HM Escort Carriers KHEDIVE,
PURSUER and ATTACKER, HM Destroyers
TUMULT, TYRIAN, TEAZER, Greek NAVARINON and
six US Navy
destroyers as Task Group 88.1.
Sailed from Malta for assault area
with TG 88.1.
First aircraft took off from
(For details of
Operation see INVASION OF THE SOUTH OF
FRANCE (HMSO) and
ENGAGE THE ENEMY
from DRAGOON and took passage with TG88.1
Deployed in Eastern Mediterranean.
Joined British Aegean Force with
Supported re-occupation of Aegean
(Note: Support for
allied reoccupation of Greece is to be
Eastern Mediterranean deployment with
Flotilla in continuation.
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with Flotilla in British Pacific Fleet after
Under refit in Malta and prepared for
On completion took passage to
On passage to Australia.
Joined British Task Force 57.
Pennant Number changed to D23.
Deployed with HMS TERMAGANT in TF57.
of screen for HM Aircraft Carriers
and INDEFATIGABLE during air operations
of islands. (Operation ICEBERG TWO.)
(For details see
WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO), THE FORGOTTEN FLEET
by J Winton.
TASK FORCE 57 by P
Smith and Naval Staff History.)
Detached with HMS TROUBRIDGE and HMS
TERMAGANT as escort for HM Battleship
KING GEORGE V
during passage with to Guam for meetings
with American Naval Staff.
Transferred with ships of BPF to 3rd
US Fleet and redesignated as part of Task
(Note: The was due
to change in US Command arrangements in the
Arrived at Guam.
Passage from Guam to rejoin
ships of BPF at Manus.
On arrival nominated
for service with ships of Flotilla for RN
Allocated to Task
Group 112.2 (Operation INMATE).
(Note: This operation
was to carry out attacks en airfields at
Truk to reduce threats of Japanese
attacks on allied forces in the area
also to give operational experience to ships
newly deployed in Pacific
area such as the
24th Destroyer Flotilla.)
Escorted HMS IMPLACABLE and HM Escort
Carrier RULER, HM Cruisers
NEWFOUNDLAND, UGANDA and ACHILLES with HM
TERPSICHORE and TEAZER during passage for
air operations at Truk
as Task Unit
TERMAGANT of Flotilla was deployed with HM
Cruiser SWIFTSURE and
Escort Carrier RULER in Task Unit 112.2.2
for screening duty.
Detached from Task Group 112.2 with HMS
TROUBRIDGE and TEAZER as screen for
HMS SWIFTSURE, HMS UGANDA to provide cover
during air attacks on Truk and redesignated
Task Unit 112.2.3.
Rejoined ships of Task
Force 112.2 and detached with HMS UGANDA and
to carry out bombardment of seaplane base on
island of Dublon.
Function was to provide counter battery fire
and provide smoke
screen in the
of opposition from shore.
operation was not an unqualified success due
to lack of experience by
and failures of communication with spotting
Task Group on
completion for screening and cover during
air attacks by
passage to Manus at daybreak with
ships of Task Group.
passage from Manus to with ships of
British Pacific Fleet as Task Force 37 for
(Note: This became
somewhat protracted owing to inadequacies
Force 37 joined ships of US Task
Force 38 for air operations against Japan.
Deployed as screen for HM Aircraft
Carriers FORMIDABLE, VICTORIOUS,
IMPLACABLE, to HMS KING GEORGE V with HM
ACHILLES, UGANDA, EURYALUS, GAMBIA and
BLACK PRINCE, HM
Destroyers QUIBERON, QUICKMATCH, QUALITY,
UNDAUNTED, UNDINE, URANIA, URCHIN and
from British Logistics Group
24th Air operation
aircraft carriers had been excluded from
attacks on any primary
for reasons outlined in above references.)
Replenished from British Logistics Group.
(Note: See above
references for outline of problems
experienced including the
of fuel from British tankers.)
duties in continuation during
attacks on subsidiary targets.
refuelled from British Logistics
Group and delayed by weather conditions.
Fuel for destroyers provided by
See above references regarding continuation
of fuel supply
Screening duties in
continuation during air operations.
Detached with HMS
TERMAGANT for screening of HM
GAMBIA and NEWFOUNDLAND during bombardment
of shore targets as
Honshu, Japan with spotting aircraft from US
Rejoined Task Force
ships on completion.
11th Refuelled from
British Logistics Group
operational area as part of US Task Force
Redesignated as Task
Group 38.5 with HM Destroyers BARFLEUR,
WRANGLER, TROUBRIDGE, TERMAGANT and TEAZER
of HMS INDEFATIGABLE, HMS KING GEORGE V, HMS
and HMS GAMBIA.
British Pacific Fleet ships had to return to
Manus as fuel could not be
from British tankers. See above references.)
13th Deployed as
screen for HMS KING GEORGE V
and HMS 1MPLACABE during
joint attacks by
carriers and bombardments of targets in
Refuelled with ships of
Task Group 38.5 from US tankers.
VJ Day. Operations
16th Remained in
operational area with US Navy
ships and deployed in support of shore
repatriation of allied prisoners of war and
surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay
with Token Force representing the British
(For details of all
BPF activities see above references.
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N o t e s
Tenacious at Hobart, Tasmania, 1945 before
returning to UK (Bas Hanrahan)
TENACIOUS remained with
the British Pacific Fleet for support of the
military occupation and the repatriation of
allied nationals from captivity. In addition
the ship carried
out Fleet duties. After a visit to Melbourne
in February with
HMS TUMULT and HMS UNDINE. She returned to UK
and paid off into the Reserve
Fleet at Devonport. Re-commissioned in
1949 after a refit this destroyer served in
the Clyde as Target Ship for the 3rd
Submarine Flotilla. In 1951 she was selected
for conversion to a Type 16
Anti-Submarine Frigate at Rosyth. After
completion in 1954 she again went into
Reserve until placed on the Disposal List.
Sold to BISCO she was first
de-equipped at Devonport and arrived at Troon
for breaking-up in June 1965.
convoy list has not been cross-checked with
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